Republic of Lakotah Villages has inspired me to look at the two tribes I'm from, and think about how we can build resilient, economically independent villages with what we already have.
Here's John Robb's definition of a Resilient Community:
This conceptual model creates a set of new services that allow the smallest viable subset of social systems, the community (however you define it), to enjoy the fruits of globalization without being completely vulnerable to its excesses. These services are configured to provide the ability to survive an extended disconnection from the global grid in the following areas (an incomplete list):
Security (both active and passive).
And here is how I've proposed to apply that strategy to the existing villages of Klukwan and Taos Pueblo:Resilient Villages - a rough blueprint
I don't have the political clout to enact this right now in either community, but my hope is that it will inspire others to take up the cause in these communities and across Indian Country. Developing a strategy for all of our nations to disconnect from the global economy would be a huge step toward independence.